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Questions tagged [arcgis-desktop]

Use this tag when ArcGIS Desktop is the product and architecture that you are using from the ArcGIS platform.

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Layers with same coordinate system should align/overlap in ArcMap but do not?

I put 4 different layers into my ArcMap document, but only one of them will show up on the map! I should be seeing the other 3 layers as well. When I do a Zoom to layer, I can see one layer, but I ...
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Exporting feature class into multiple feature classes based on field values using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a feature class with over 2,000 features, and I need to make them all individual feature classes based on a field. Is there a way to do this?
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Assigning point IDs to respective start and end attributes of polyline?

I have two shapefiles, Point and Polyline. I'm trying to populate my polyline layer with the point data ID (systemID) where the lines start to where they end; eg. create two columns (from and to). The ...
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Using customized Coordinate System in ArcGIS Desktop?

I don't know so much about coordinate systems... In my office we use to deal with spatial data coming from archaeological sites. Each site has its own x-y-z coordinate system (GCS). Three simple ...
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Auto incrementing field based on groups within feature class?

I am needing to auto increment a field based on groups within a feature class. I have 8 plots within a given polygon and I need to assign them an ID from 1-8 for each set of plots within each polygon. ...
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Removing small spaces (slivers) between polygons?

I have a set of polygons representing administrative districts. The districts were digitized by hand, and there are small spaces (slivers) between polygons where the polygons should be touching. How ...
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Using SRTM Global DEM for Slope calculation?

I have downloaded SRTM GDEM (~90 km resolution). I am using ArcGIS 10. I have tried to use spatial analyst to compute for slope. However, I can not compute for the slope. The output values has ...
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Computing dominant area in polygon using ArcGIS Desktop?

First, I have a shapefile consisting of square grids and each grid has an ID. Second, I have a shapefile consisting of different zones (with IDs). A grid ID in the first shapefile can contain many ...
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Difference between map layer and spatial dataset (e.g. feature class, shapefile)?

What is the difference between a feature class and a feature layer? To me they seem very similar in concept.
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Creating Centrelines from Road Polygons/Casings using ArcGIS Desktop?

I want to create center lines from road polygons. Are there any automated tools in ArcGIS for Desktop to do this? I am including a Screenshot of my vector file below.
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Sorting feature class to calculate sequential ID field using ArcGIS Field Calculator?

I am in ArcMap and I want to sort the records based on a field and then do a Calculate Field with an auto-incrementing value with the sort in-place. Any ideas? It looks like I could get an update ...
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Creating polygon feature class from area in one not covered by another using ArcGIS Desktop?

I am working on a project doing spatial analysis at a statewide level. I am looking at a form of transportation coverage in a state, and part of my analysis involves buffers and drive time polygons. I ...
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Graph/Network building and analysis of linked polygons in ArcGIS for Desktop?

This is more of a follow-up question to Divide polygons into *n* number of groups of equal counts with ArcGIS 10.2 and grouping village points based on distance and population size, particularly the ...
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Converting ArcGIS layer style to Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) file?

I am putting together a GIS server using GeoServer and need some help with importing my layer styles from ArcGIS 10 to SLD format. I have one layer in ArcMap properly symbolized and labeled, how ...
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Does Calculate Value (Model Only Tool) work correctly in tools run in Batch?

Am I correct that if my model has a model-only tool (Calculate Value), and then I run the model as a batched process, it will not run the Calculate Value expression? I wrote a model to upload, ...
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Invalid Topology [Topoengine error] from ArcGIS for Desktop?

Using ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop, I'm trying to run the Identity function on two large data sets but it fails every time. I don't think it is a lack of hardware as I can run other processes on the same ...
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Building effective heat-maps?

Using ArcGIS, QGIS, Grass, and/or GVSIG: What are some of the tools and processes involved in building effective heat maps? What are the plugins involved? What are the major data requirements? What ...
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Converting LiDAR data to raster (DEM/DSM) for ArcGIS input?

I was wondering if there is an option to convert LiDAR data (.las) to a raster/grid (DEM/DSM) format that ArcGIS 10.0 can read?
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Grouping village points based on distance and population size using ArcGIS Desktop?

I want to group a number of villages based on their distance to each other and total cumulative population size? any suggestions? I have a vector file of say 100 village points attached to atable ...
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Create a line perpendicular to an existing line in ArcGIS

For an existing set of line features, I would like to generate a perpendicular line, of say 1km, at the midpoint of each existing line feature in ArcGIS. I imagine that The methodology would be to: ...
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Cartographic techniques for symbolizing routing data [closed]

Some common problems with displaying routes created from street data, such as bus routes, include: Routes may overlap themselves, such as when a route takes the same road in opposite directions ...
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Creating convex hull in ArcGIS Desktop?

I would like to be able to create a convex hull in ArcGIS Desktop 9.x, but I cannot find an appropriate tool. How does one go about creating one? I am interested in answers for all license levels: ...
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Converting MapInfo TAB and/or MIF to SHP using free tools or ArcGIS for Desktop core product?

How do I convert MapInfo TAB and/or MIF files to SHP using only free tools or ArcGIS itself? I've not had much luck trying to do this in the past and I don't want to have to shell out for the ArcGIS ...
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Dividing polygon into specific sizes using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have several thousand irregularly shaped polygons in a shapefile. I want to be able to split each polygon into three areas, and to specify what the size of those areas (they sum to the previous ...
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Basic If/Then in Python Parser of ArcGIS Field Calculator?

I am using ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop, and I've been looking through this site, and can't seem to figure out my answer yet. Very new to VBA and Python, but lots of years with ArcGIS. I know I can do ...
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Auto-incrementing field in feature class using ArcGIS Desktop?

So I'm relatively new to ArcGIS and ArcCatalog. I have created a field name of PROJECTID in a feature class in a Personal Geodatabase. The data type is TEXT. This will be a ten digit ID. The first ...
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Checking if polygon fits inside another polygon using ArcGIS Desktop?

How do I check if one polygon fits inside another polygon? Furthermore how do I automatically check if one polygon fits in other polygons of my shapefile? I have a shapefile with thousands of ...
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Iterate through multiple Raster files and compute statistics using Zonal Statistics

I have a large number of raster images. What I'd like to do is to compute statistics on different sections of these raster files using a polygon. I think everyone is suggesting Zonal statistics. ...
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Splitting feature class by unique values for an attribute/field in ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

I would like to split a single shapefile into multiple shapefiles by using unique values for one attribute/field to select features for each value out into a new feature class. I found ET Geowizard ...
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Using directional shading on boundaries for cartographic effect in ArcGIS Desktop?

The attached screenshot of a National Geographic map shows some beautiful directional shading of boundaries. I'm trying to reproduce this sort of shading for a burn perimeter map, as I want to ...
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Installing 64-bit geoprocessing of ArcGIS for Desktop?

I am trying to install 64-bit processing to ArcGIS 10.2, but the ESRI Patches and Service Packs website only has installations for Service pack 1 that goes with ArcGIS 10.1. One similar question on ...
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Connecting to PostGIS database from ArcMap for display and query without ArcSDE?

How can I connect to a PostGIS database from ArcMap using ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 and later? I would like to be able to perform spatially enabled queries and receive the results back (e.g. spatial and non-...
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Reordering fields (permanently) in file geodatabase using ArcGIS Desktop?

Using ArcGIS 10.0, is it possible to reorder the fields in a file geodatabase, and have the order persisted to the database? We considered exporting to XML, and writing a parser to change the field ...
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Can labels for overlapping points be combined/merged into one label?

I have points representing sample locations. Often, multiple samples will be taken in the same location: multiple points with the same location but different sample IDs and other attributes. I'd like ...
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Performing Raster Noise Reduction and Edge Smoothing?

I have a raster image like this I want to delete the isolated noise point and smooth the edge (say the white single points, and I want the edges of the entity look smooth). How can I do this in ...
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How to vary the transparency of symbols within a single layer in ArcMap?

I have a polygon layer which I am drawing in ArcMap using a graduated color symbology: Is it possible to vary the transparency between the classes, so that the transparency tapers off with the color ...
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Calculating sequential numbers into sorted table using ArcGIS Desktop?

Is there a way to calculate a sorted field with sequential numbers? I have seen Sorting feature class to calculate sequential ID field using ArcGIS Field Calculator? that outlines how to calculate ...
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Adding labels with symbols to legend in ArcMap?

I'm creating a map with ArcGIS Desktop v10.2.2, showing museums as points. The museums layer has no symbol and the labels are made of a circle filled with color with the ID inside, taken from the [ID] ...
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Automatically update field value in one column based on change to another column in same table?

When editing I want to be able to change the attributes of one field and upon doing this allow for the automatic update of another field in the same attribute table. Essentially I have one layer ...
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Choosing File Geodatabase (*.gdb), Personal Geodatabase (*.mdb) or shapefile format?

Previously, I have used geodatabases as an easy way to keep all files together rather than having dozens of shapefiles all over the place, and it is easier when finally exporting all the relevant data ...
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Ortho Projection produces artifacts

I`m trying to create a sphere-like view using qgis and the "world from space"-projection http://spatialreference.org/ref/sr-org/6980/ (essentialy an ortho-projection). ArcGIS wraps the shapes ...
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Extracting by Attribute Using ModelBuilder with User Input?

Using ModelBuilder, I want to create a tool that will let a user choose the value or values that will be used to extract a shapefile. I have a parcel layer with a "Parcel_Type" field. I want the user ...
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Counting overlapping polygons from one Shapefile using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a shapefile with 16,400 polygons. Each polygon shows the expansion of a bird species for the whole world. Now I have to count the overlapping polygons. I tried it with union and dissolve (...
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Manually editing raster to improve classification using ArcGIS Desktop?

I have a land cover classification derived from Landsat TM imagery - I created this classification using ENVI. I would like to edit individual and groups of cells in some areas of the classification ...
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Maximum length of text fields in shapefile and geodatabase formats?

The maximum text string for a field in a geodatabase is 320 characters. The data I am importing has long character strings and it seems to be truncating when I convert into shapefile at the max ...
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Adding automated values to attribute field?

I have parcel and buildings layers. In their attribute tables I want to replace "NULL" values with numbers from 1 to 2000, in "Parcel ID", or "Building ID" field. How can I do this in ArcGIS ...
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Extracting one band from three band raster in ArcMap?

I'm fairly new to ArcGIS and I get into trouble extracting a single band layer from a raster image .img in ArcMap that I want to use after in zonal statistics. So far, all help I found is to do the ...
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Symbolizing using RGB values from Excel in ArcGIS Desktop?

I have an excel file with 2 attribute columns, 1-feature info 2-Number of color (RGB) that the current feature should be symbolize. This file file can be joined with the layer using the "feature info" ...
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Calculate line distances inside of polygons using ArcGIS for Desktop?

I'm working with two data sets: NHD polyline stream layer for my entire state HUC Watershed boundary Polygons for the entire state I am looking for a way to calculate the total length of streams ...
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How to use PostgreSQL/PostGIS with ArcGIS for Desktop? [duplicate]

Has anyone used PostgreSQL with PostGIS successfully? I am a semi-experienced ArcGIS user and want to build out a database and connect it to ArcCatalog. I've scoured the internet for resources but ...